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Grand Voyage from Rome to London

Odyssey Club Reunion Cruise
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Rome to London

30 days

2-night hotel stay in Rome

from $7,495 pp

22 May, 2019

Optional 2-night hotel stay in Madrid available post-cruise

Saver fares are limited in availability and can be removed at any time. Details of our Shore Excursions Program are being finalized. Therefore, shore excursions may be subject to change. Please contact us for more details.

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Two great cities top-and-tail this departure. You start with a two-night stay in Rome, for the chance to get to know this most romantic and historic of cities. Then board Aegean Odyssey and sail for the beautiful island of Corsica. You’ll also visit the Renaissance treasures of Florence before heading to Elba, Napoleon’s island of exile.

Relax at sea as the ship cruise the Lavezzi Isles and the Maddalena Archipelago to Spanish Menorca and Majorca, as well as the unique Rock of Gibraltar. Enter the mouth of the Guadalquivir River and cruise through the Andalusian countryside to the romantic city of Seville. Visit the Moorish palaces of southern Spain, before heading north along the coast of Portugal. After a trip to the spiritually uplifting cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, Aegean Odyssey then cruises up the River Garonne to Bordeaux. Continue onwards to the picturesque Channel Island of Guernsey, before ending your voyage with a two-night stay in the great city of London.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
May 22
Wed
Departure
    Departure
    Depart North America.
    May 23
    Thu
    Rome
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Sea Days
    Rome, Italy
    Arrive into Rome and transfer to hotel.
    overnight hotel
    May 24
    Fri
    Rome
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Sea Days
    Rome, Italy
    In the morning visit the Colosseum and enjoy a panoramic tour or Rome, or explore the archaeological site of Ostia Antica. In the afternoon an optional visit to the Vatican Museums & the Sistine Chapel is also available.
    overnight hotel
    May 25
    Sat
    Rome
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Sea Days
    Rome, Italy
    Transfer to Aegean Odyssey.
    6.00pm
    May 26
    Sun
    Florence (Livorno)
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Florence (Livorno), Italy
    Visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Basilica di Santa Croce. Alternatively, take an optional tour of the city's remarkable galleries, building and museums, including the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi and the Galleria dell'Accademia.
    overnight
    8.00am
    May 27
    Mon
    Pisa & Lucca (Livorno)
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Pisa & Lucca (Livorno), Italy
    Visit Lucca and the iconic leaning tower of Pisa on a full day included excursion.
    6.00pm
    May 28
    Tue
    Elba
    • Arts & culture
    Elba, Italy
    Explore the city where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled. Optional tour to Capoliveri and enjoy sampling the local wine.
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    May 29
    Wed
    Bonifacio
    • Less Visited
    Bonifacio, Corsica
    Cruise the Isles Lavezzi and Maddalena Archipelago en route to a leisure afternoon on Bonifacio
    midnight
    1.00pm
    May 30
    Thu
    Ajaccio
    • Arts & culture
    Ajaccio, Corsica
    Tour Ajaccio in Corsica or take a scenic drive to the Prunelli Gorges.
    1.00pm
    7.00am
    May 31
    Fri
    Mahon
    • Island Life
    Mahon, Spain
    Discover the capital Mahon and its Moorish fortress or visit Menorca’s breathtaking views from the highest peak, Monte Toro.
    8.00pm
    9.00am
    Jun 01
    Sat
    Palma
    • Arts & culture
    Palma, Spain
    Visit the bustling city on our scenic Palma and Valldemossa tour, or visit the highlights of Palma de Mallorca. Optional tour of the historic Soller Railway, to be combined with Palma City highlights tour.
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    Jun 02
    Sun
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    At Sea.
    Jun 03
    Mon
    Malaga
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    Malaga, Spain
    Take a panoramic drive to view some of the outstanding sites of Malaga and a visit to the Picasso Museum or take a slightly shorter panoramic tour of Malaga. Optional full day tour to Granada, including lunch.
    11.00pm
    8.00am
    Jun 04
    Tue
    Gibraltar
    • Explore Independently
    Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    Discover Gibraltar on a choice of morning tours, taking in the historic Siege Tunnels or St Michael's Cave.
    6.00pm
    7.00am
    Jun 05
    Wed
    Cadiz
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    Cadiz, Spain
    Discover the highlights of Cadiz or visit Jerez for some sherry tasting. In the afternoon enjoy a cruise along the Guadalquivir River.
    12.30pm
    6.00am
    Jun 05
    Wed
    Seville
    • Music
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Seville, Spain
    Evening arrival in Seville.
    overnight
    9.30pm
    Jun 06
    Thu
    Seville
    • Music
    • Arts & culture
    • Signature Voyage
    • Unesco
    Seville, Spain
    Enjoy an included morning tour of Seville’s city highlights.
    10.00pm
    Jun 07
    Fri
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    Cruise along the Guadalquivir River.
    Jun 08
    Sat
    Lisbon
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Take an included city tour of Lisbon in the morning, featuring the Alfama, the old quarter, the Church of Jeronimos and the Maritime Museum. In the afternoon enjoy an optional drive to Sintra and Queluz, or explore the city at leisure.
    8.00pm
    7.00am
    Jun 09
    Sun
    Oporto
    • Wine
    • Arts & culture
    Oporto, Portugal
    A tour of Oporto where highlights include the Romanesque-style Cathedral and the Stock Exchange Palace. Then after discovering the city cross the Dom Luis Bridge to visit a well-known wine cellar for a tasting of the port wine.
    8.00pm
    1.00pm
    Jun 10
    Mon
    Vigo
    • Arts & culture
    • Unesco
    Vigo, Spain
    A tour to magnificent Santiago de Compostela, its medieval town, Cathedral and museum or discover Vigo by boat with mussel tasting along the way.
    8.00pm
    6.00am
    Jun 11
    Tue
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    At Sea.
    Jun 12
    Wed
    Bordeaux
    • Wine
    • Unesco
    Bordeaux, France
    Cruise up the Gironde River to berth in the heart of Bordeaux.
    overnight
    5.00pm
    Jun 13
    Thu
    Bordeaux
    • Wine
    • Unesco
    Bordeaux, France
    Visit the highlights of this UNESCO city, including the Palais Rohan, or venture out of town to one of two prestigious wine estates for a tour of the cellars and a tasting.
    4.00pm
    Jun 14
    Fri
    La Rochelle
    • Arts & culture
    La Rochelle, France
    Visit the attractive town of La Rochelle for a choice of tours both including the highlights of the town, before either Ré Island or a Cognac Chateau for a tasting. In the afternoon an optional tour of the Chateau de la Roche Courbon is also available.
    8.00pm
    8.00am
    Jun 15
    Sat
    At sea
    • Sea Days
    At sea
    At Sea.
    Jun 16
    Sun
    Guernsey, Channel Islands
    • Arts & culture
    • Island Life
    Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
    Explore the capital of Guernsey at leisure. A half-day optional panoramic tour of the island is also available.
    6.00pm
    8.00am
    Jun 17
    Mon
    Honfleur
    • Arts & culture
    Honfleur, France
    A morning walking tour of Honfleur.
    3.00pm
    7.00am
    Jun 18
    Tue
    London (Tilbury), England
    • Arts & culture
    London (Tilbury), England, United Kingdom
    Disembark Aegean Odyssey in the London port of Tilbury and take a cruise up the River Thames to Tower Bridge, where you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel.
    overnight hotel
    8.00am
    Jun 19
    Wed
    London, England
    • Arts & culture
    London, England, United Kingdom
    Explore the British capital at leisure. An optional visit to the Globe theatre and the landmarks of William Shakespeare’s Southbank is also available in the morning.
    overnight hotel
    Jun 20
    Thu
    London (Tilbury), England
    • Arts & culture
    London (Tilbury), England, United Kingdom
    Transfer to London airport for your flight home.
    Ostia Antica

    Ostia Antica

    24 May Rome, Italy
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursArchaeological SiteWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Buried for centuries, this well-preserved archaeological site is far less visited than Pompeii, yet in many ways provides a more complete picture of daily life in the Roman Empire. Ostia Antica was ancient Rome's main port on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

    Buried for centuries, this well-preserved archaeological site is far less visited than Pompeii, yet in many ways provides a more complete picture of daily life in the Roman Empire. Ostia Antica was ancient Rome's main port on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

    Anco Marzio (640BC to 616BC), the fourth king of Rome, is traditionally named the founder of this city at the mouth "ostia" of the Tiber. At the city's peak, about 100,000 people from all classes and all parts of the Mediterranean lived here until decline began due to silting river, barbarian invasions and malaria. Excavations reveal a hard-working city with apartments, warehouses, bakeries, bars, plus public and religious buildings.

    Your tour of the archaeological zone begins at Via delle Tombe, leading to the city gates. Stroll along the Decumanus Maximus, the main road. Visit the Baths of Neptune with beautiful black-and-white mosaics of the god's wife, Amphitrite. Walk to the theater, the Forum and such public buildings as the Capitolium and the Temple of Rome and Augustus. A variety of religious buildings include several temples dedicated to the cult of Mithras, Egyptian and Roman gods, plus a 1st century BC Jewish synagogue and a Christian basilica.

    See the large thermal baths, the 20-hole public latrine and the living complex called the House of Diana. The Termopolium with its marble counter where ancient Romans could have a quick lunch features a fresco representing the food on sale. Round out your visit with a stop at the Museum Ostiense, displaying some of the wonderful sculptures and mosaics found at this remarkable site.

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    Rome: The Colosseum & Rome Panoramic

    Rome: The Colosseum & Rome Panoramic

    24 May Rome, Italy
    Half Day Archaeological SiteWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    This tour begins at the Flavius Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum of Rome, the biggest and most imposing stadium of the ancient Roman world. Built with a series of arches, it remains an extraordinary feat of engineering.

    This tour begins at the Flavius Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum of Rome, the biggest and most imposing stadium of the ancient Roman world. Built with a series of arches, it remains an extraordinary feat of engineering.

    At its peak, the Colosseum could hold an average of 65,000 spectators and once featured a canvas roof to protect the crowds from the sun. First commissioned by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavia family, this huge elliptical amphitheatre was opened by his son Titus in 80AD, during a week-long celebration featuring combats between gladiators and beasts, mock sea battles and executions.

    Next comes the Arch of Constantine. Built in 315AD to honour the first Christian Emperor, the arch is the largest of its kind in existence and spans the site of the ancient Via Triumphalis, the route used by emperors for entering the city in triumph.

    From here you will then re-board your coach for the Colle Oppio and a drive to Via della Conciliazione for a glimpse of St Peter’s Basilica and Square.

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    Exploring the Vatican
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Exploring the Vatican

    24 May Rome, Italy
    Half Day PM Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursSignificant Steps
    At the Vatican Museums, you will wander through the fascinating Candelabra Gallery, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. Then pass through the magnificent Stanza of Raphael, where in the 16th century the young artist decorated the rooms of Pope Julius II's residence with his masterpieces, including the "School of Athens," depicting Aristotle, Plato and other philosophers.

    Enjoy a dazzling visit to what is considered one of the world's most important art collections, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

    At the Vatican Museums, you will wander through the fascinating Candelabra Gallery, the Gallery of Tapestries and the Gallery of Maps. Then pass through the magnificent Stanza of Raphael, where in the 16th century the young artist decorated the rooms of Pope Julius II's residence with his masterpieces, including the "School of Athens," depicting Aristotle, Plato and other philosophers.

    Your tour will then move to the Vatican's most celebrated building, the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo painted the chapel's extraordinary ceiling with nine scenes from Genesis, including the Creation of Man, the Expulsion of Adam and Eve, as well as The Flood.

    On the wall behind the main altar, The Last Judgment, painted twenty years later, provides further testament to the artist's genius. Though working against his will and in a medium he disliked (he saw himself as a sculptor), Michelangelo managed to fill the room with masterpieces and left a legacy at which the world can only marvel.

    Finally, there will be a visit to St Peter’s Basilica, the most important basilica in the Christian World, where inside an almost unimaginable wealth of art treasures await. The basilica is built on the site of the church where St Peter, the first Pope, is said to be buried. Fronting the basilica is one of Rome’s most famous squares, Bernini’s elliptical Piazza San Pietro, an extraordinary sight punctuated by an Egyptian obelisk and a graceful colonnade.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

    The price of this excursion already allows a credit for the unused half day excursion.

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    The Churches of Florence
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    The Churches of Florence

    26 May Florence (Livorno), Italy
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    The fascinating city of Florence is a place that engulfs the senses and stretches your mind at every turn. This is the birthplace of the Renaissance and was home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom left behind an astonishing legacy of art waiting to be discovered.

    The fascinating city of Florence is a place that engulfs the senses and stretches your mind at every turn. This is the birthplace of the Renaissance and was home to many of Italy’s artistic giants, all of whom left behind an astonishing legacy of art waiting to be discovered.

    Your tour begins at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, more commonly known as the Duomo because of its magnificent dome. The fourth largest church in the world, the cathedral was designed by Cambio in 1296, but it was the great Renaissance architect Brunelleschi who gave it its crowning glory, the dome.

    Other highlights of the Piazza del Duomo include the 14th-century Gothic Campanile or bell tower, designed by Giotto, and the Romanesque Baptistery featuring Ghiberti’s Bronze Doors decorated with scenes from the life of Christ. Then there is free time to relax over lunch on your own.

    Then we will continue to Piazza della Signoria, the most impressive square in Florence and the political centre of the city since the 14th century.

    Surrounding the square are the Palazzo Vecchio – a municipal hall begun in 1299 – and the 14th-century Gothic Loggia dei Lanzi. Built at the end of the 14th century, it was once the Assembly Hall, before becoming the Guardroom of the Lanzi (foot soldiers). In the Piazza are the Fountain of the Neptune by Ammannati and a copy of Michelangelo’s David.

    Finally, the tour will finish at Santa Croce, Italy’s largest and most famous Franciscan Gothic church, where many important Italians are entombed, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Rossini and Machiavelli.

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    Renaissance Florence
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Renaissance Florence

    26 May Florence (Livorno), Italy
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Discover the town that gave birth to the Italian Renaissance and view the period's outpouring of art in the renowned Uffizi Museum.

    Discover the town that gave birth to the Italian Renaissance and view the period's outpouring of art in the renowned Uffizi Gallery. From the port of Livorno, it is a about an hour and a half drive through the Tuscan hills to Florence where you begin a tour through the history and art of this timeless city.

    A highlight of the morning is a visit to the Accademia, Europe's first school of drawing, where Michelangelo's colossal statue of David presides over a rich collection of paintings and sculptures.

    Enjoy a guided walking tour past such landmarks as the 10th-century Ponte Vecchio spanning the River Arno. View the Duomo cathedral flanked by Giotto's Bell Tower. So dense is Florence with monuments, every step reveals new marvels. See the Baptistry, where Ghiberti and Donatello competed to design the bronze doors. Admire the Basilica di Santa Croce where Michelangelo and Machiavelli are interred. Pause in Piazza Signoria, in 1497 the site of Fra Savonarola's Bonfire of the Vanities. Then there is free time to relax over lunch on your own.

    The centrepiece of this tour is an afternoon visit to the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery. The 16th-century palace, built when Cosimo Medici was the First Grand Duke of Tuscany, houses such Renaissance masterpieces as The Annunciation by Leonardo da Vinci, the exquisite Madonnas of Filippo Lippi, and an entire room of Botticellis, including The Birth of Venus. Foreign artists from Rembrandt to Rubens are also represented. Later, savour your impressions on a panoramic drive back to the ship.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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    Lucca and Pisa

    Lucca and Pisa

    27 May Pisa & Lucca (Livorno), Italy
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Enchanting Lucca, situated on the banks of the River Serchio, in the northwest corner of Tuscany, endears itself to everyone who visits. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot.

    Enchanting Lucca, situated on the banks of the River Serchio, in the northwest corner of Tuscany, endears itself to everyone who visits. Hidden behind imposing Renaissance walls, its cobbled streets, handsome piazzas and shady promenades make it a perfect destination to explore by foot. Always important, this town began life as a Roman colony in 177 BC, and grew in importance to become the provincial capital of Tuscany in the Middle Ages.

    This fascinating walking tour will begin with a stroll to the Cathedral of San Martino with its Romanesque façade. Its decorated interior is rich in reliefs, fine sculpture and religious artefacts. Then on to the arena and a series of arches that are the remains of the colossal ancient Roman amphitheatre that once graced the centre of town. You will walk through the “Piazza” and find the Church of San Frediano, founded in the 6th century. Its Romanesque style is a monument to a 12th century restoration project, and its impressive façade features a mosaic depicting Christ and the Apostles. After your tour of Lucca, enjoy some free time for lunch on your own and to explore this picturesque town.

    Next, continue by road to Pisa, a city internationally famous for its superb and unusual architecture. Unfortunately, most of Pisa was bombed during World War II, but one section miraculously survived intact: the Piazza del Duomo, now known as the Piazza dei Miracoli because of its remarkable escape from destruction. As you approach the Square of Miracles, the city’s most famous symbol, the precarious Leaning Tower, appears before you. Begun in 1174, the tower started to lean when construction reached the third story. Attempts to make the remaining floors slightly higher on the leaning side only made it worse. Legend says that Pisa’s most illustrious son Galileo (born in 1564) conducted his famous experiments on gravity by dropping metal balls from the top of the 187-foot-high tower.

    Next, visit Pisa’s magnificent Cathedral, a Romanesque basilica of white marble that is renowned for its beautifully carved pulpit and paintings and, on the door facing the tower, the Romanesque panels portraying the life of Christ. Admire its famous pulpit designed by Giovanni Pisano, who decorated it with nine biblical reliefs. Enter the lovely Gothic Baptistry and view its marble font under a conical dome and famous organ, noted for its fine echo. Also admire its pulpit, carved by Giovanni’s father, Nicola Pisano.

    Then, relax and savour your experience as you return to Livorno.

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    Capoliveri and Wine Tasting

    Capoliveri and Wine Tasting

    28 May Elba, Italy
    Half Day
    This tour takes you to the village of Capoliveri, followed by the old country farm of “La Chiusa” that is nestled in a vineyard overlooking the ocean. Here you will visit the estate’s cellar to learn how the wine is handled and produced, before tasting some of the farm’s excellent produce.

    This tour takes you to the village of Capoliveri, followed by the old country farm of “La Chiusa” that is nestled in a vineyard overlooking the ocean. Here you will visit the estate’s cellar to learn how the wine is handled and produced, before tasting some of the farm’s excellent produce.

    Enjoy a delightful drive from the island’s capital of Portoferraio, through some of the most beautiful terrain on this charming island, with panoramic views over the Bays of “Lacona”, “Laconella” and “Golfo Stella”, before arriving in Capoliveri, which has retained much of its gracefully elegant medieval atmosphere and architecture. Here you will have some free time to take a leisurely stroll through the winding streets or browse the town’s quaint shops.

    During our drive back to Portoferraio we will stop at “La Chiusa” for a delicious sampling of the local wine, with a light snack of assorted bruschetta, Tuscan salami, cheese and the traditional Italian almond biscuits, cantuccini, which will be served al fresco in a beautiful garden facing the sea.

    After enjoying this pleasant stop, we will then resume our drive back to Portoferraio, and return to Aegean Odyssey

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    Napoleon's Isle of Exile

    Napoleon's Isle of Exile

    28 May Elba, Italy
    Half Day Uphill Sections
    Follow the path of Napoleon Bonaparte as you explore the island where he was exiled from 1814 to 1815. The highlight is a walking tour that visits the Emperor's principal residence.

    Follow the path of Napoleon Bonaparte as you explore the island where he was exiled from 1814 to 1815. The highlight is a walking tour that visits the Emperor's principal residence, an elaborate villa overlooking the city, much of it unchanged from when he lived here.

    Start your adventure with a scenic drive from Portoferraio, the main town and port, to Golfo Stella. Visit the fishing harbour of Porto Azzuro, dominated by a medieval fortress. Wander the charming streets where shops feature crafts of minerals and crystals mined in Elba's mountains. Continue to Punta delle Grotte, the ruins of a Roman villa, for magnificent views of Portoferraio, which Greek mythology called Argos, port of the Argonauts.

    Your walking tour of Portoferraio begins in the Old Town and visits sites of Napoleon's exile. While his stay was short, he left a lasting heritage as you'll see in your visit to Villa dei Mulini with its original art, furniture and library filled with the books he loved, or the San Martin Napoleon Museum. Also visit the first-floor apartment where he stayed when he first arrived on Elba.

    On your walk see such landmarks as the star-shaped Fort Stella designed by Cosimo di Medici, the theatre Napoleon built and historic Piazza Cavour.

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    Prunelli Gorges

    Prunelli Gorges

    30 May Ajaccio, Corsica
    Half Day A panoramic coach tour with less walking
    This leisurely panoramic drive through the beautiful Prunelli Gorges provides a wonderful variety of scenery to enjoy as you sit back and admire one of the most picturesque regions in Corsica.

    This leisurely panoramic drive through the beautiful Prunelli Gorges provides a wonderful variety of scenery to enjoy as you sit back and admire one of the most picturesque regions in Corsica. Ascending through an increasingly pastoral landscape of small vineyards, cultivated fields and typically Corsican ‘macchia’ shrubland, discover the delightful village of Cauro, the laricio pine trees of the Pineta Forest and the chestnut and beech trees of Col de Cricheto.

    As the road twists and turns through the Gorges, learn more about the history, traditions and geography of the region from your guide, before making a brief stop near Lake Tolla, some 2000m up in the mountains, for a chance to admire the flora more closely. Here you will also see the dam which provides the Corsican capital of Ajaccio with its hydroelectric power and much of the island’s population with drinking water.

    See the village of Tolla, situated on a ridge overlooking the lake, followed by the Col de Mercujo, where high rocks and pointed pinnacles emerge from the greenery and on a clear day you will enjoy some of the finest views of the valley. The route then passes through the high granite houses of Ocana, so characteristic of the region, before descending through the fertile plains of Bastelicaccia on the return to Aegean Odyssey in Ajaccio.

    Please note: during your tour a comfort stop will be included but passengers with mobility problems are advised that there is a slight incline and/or steps leading to the refreshment venue. Passengers wishing to use the toilet facilities will be expected to purchase a drink.

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    An Introduction to Ajaccio

    An Introduction to Ajaccio

    30 May Ajaccio, Corsica
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursSignificant Steps
    In 1769 Napoléon Bonaparte was born to an Italian family of minor nobility in the Corsican Capital of Ajaccio. Despite spending little time there beyond the age of ten, his legacy as one of the most influential figures in human history pervades the city and forms the centre of this guided tour to its many highlights.

    In 1769 Napoléon Bonaparte was born to an Italian family of minor nobility in the Corsican Capital of Ajaccio. Despite spending little time there beyond the age of ten, his legacy as one of the most influential figures in human history pervades the city and forms the centre of this guided tour to its many highlights.

    The Cours Napoléon passes the 19th-century neoclassical Church of St Roch, before turning right into Cours Grandval to reach La Grotte de Napoléon. According to popular legend, it was here, outside the cave entrance, where the young Bonaparte first learned of his acceptance into a French military academy. Directly overlooking the grotto is a particularly imposing statue of Napoléon as he would have appeared during the Battle of Austerlitz, representing the fulfilment of his destiny. This large bronze is a copy of an original by Charles Emile Seurre and is mounted on a granite pyramid with steps framed by two eagles.

    A short drive out of the city, the headland at Pointe de la Parata offers spectacular views over the four Iles Sanguinaires (Bloody Islands). The tour then returns to Ajaccio for a stroll through the old quarter to the cathedral where Napoleon was baptized and the house where he was born, which is now a museum. Other sites include the historic town hall, the farmer’s market and the 19th-century Fesch Palace Museum of Fine Art, featuring work by significant many painters, including Botticelli, Poussin, Titian and Michelangelo.

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    Island Highlights

    Island Highlights

    31 May Mahon, Spain
    Half Day Significant Steps
    Menorca’s highest peak, Monte Toro, has been a place of pilgrimage since the 13th-century, when a bull is said to have led a group of monks to a cave containing an image of the Virgin Mary.

    Menorca’s highest peak, Monte Toro, has been a place of pilgrimage since the 13th-century, when a bull is said to have led a group of monks to a cave containing an image of the Virgin Mary. Near the summit of the mountain is a 17th-century church known as the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Toro, which is maintained by an order of nuns and is open to visitors. In front of the sanctuary is a magnificent Statue of The Sacred Heart featuring a memorial dedicated to the people of Menorca who died during the two wars between Spain and Morocco. Monte Toro is visible from anywhere on the island, so the views from the top are truly breathtaking.

    Continuing to the coast, Fornells is a charming fishing village at the mouth of an impressive natural harbour. During the 16th-century it became an attractive target for Barbary pirates, forcing a series of coastal defences to be built with varying degrees of success. In 1782 the largest of these, Sant Antoni Castle, was dismantled, but its ruins remain on the waterfront. British occupation in the 19th-century led to the construction of yet another watchtower, which today remains completely intact and is open to the public. Fornells is also renowned for its excellent seafood and has a marina full of traditional Menorcan fishing boats named “llauts”.

    The final stop on the tour is the extraordinary model fishing village of Binibeca, which was built in 1972 by the architect Antoni Sintes and has been carefully designed to recreate an authentic island settlement of whitewashed houses, cobbled streets and narrow passages.

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    Historic Ciutadella

    Historic Ciutadella

    31 May Mahon, Spain
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    The city known as Vella i Bella (“Old and Beautiful”) has witnessed numerous occupiers throughout history. Its delightful old quarter was originally fortified in the Moorish tradition and converges upon the Plaça dés Born, where this guided walking tour begins.

    The city known as Vella i Bella (“Old and Beautiful”) has witnessed numerous occupiers throughout history. Its delightful old quarter was originally fortified in the Moorish tradition and converges upon the Plaça dés Born, where this guided walking tour begins.

    At the centre of the square is a large obelisk built in the 19th-century to commemorate one of the darkest moments in the city’s history, “the Year of Misfortune”, when thousands of people were either slaughtered or enslaved by Turkish invaders. At the base of the obelisk is a Latin inscription that reads: “For families and for our homeland, here we resisted until death in the year of 1558”.

    The distinctive Town Hall stands on the site of an old Moorish fortress and is sympathetic to its predecessor, with arched porches and ornamental castellations. The 17th-century neoclassical palaces of Salort, Vivó and Torre Saura are ancestral homes of noble families who remain part of island society to this day.

    Not far from the Plaça dés Born is the Catalan-Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral which was commissioned by King Alfonso III in 1287. The nearby Roser Church is another excellent example of a more Churrigueresque (Baroque) façade. The beautiful arcade of Ses Voltes is one of the most famous pedestrian streets in the city and is notable for its porched walkways and handicraft shops. Here you may also spot an unusual bronze of a lamb, alluding to the city’s lively Festival of Saint Joan, when a young ram is carried through the city to symbolise Saint John the Baptist’s recognition of Jesus as the Son of God.

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    Palma City Highlights

    Palma City Highlights

    1 Jun Palma, Spain
    Half Day Significant Steps
    A masterpiece of aesthetic design and strategic defence, Bellver Castle in Palma stands atop a verdant hill overlooking Mallorca’s capital city, where it remains the only circular castle ever built in Spain. Looking out across the Bay of Palma from this remarkable perspective, you will easily be able to see why Bellver means “beautiful view’.

    A masterpiece of aesthetic design and strategic defence, Bellver Castle in Palma stands atop a verdant hill overlooking Mallorca’s capital city, where it remains the only circular castle ever built in Spain. Looking out across the Bay of Palma from this remarkable perspective, you will easily be able to see why Bellver means “beautiful view’.

    The castle was constructed by King James II in 1310 but was seldom used by the royal family. During the Napoleonic era it was converted into a prison for enemies of the state, some of whom carved graffiti into the stonework that is still visible on the upper levels. Your guided tour of this marvellous citadel also includes the Museu d’Història de la Ciutat, located on the ground floor of the castle, which houses classical sculptures and Arabian pottery acquired during the 18th-century alongside rooms dedicated to the history of Palma.

    You will then be driven to the old quarter of the city for a visit to the breathtaking Roman Catholic Cathedral, more commonly known as “La Seu”. This magnificent example of Catalan-Gothic design was inspired by Notre Dame in Paris but exceeds its French cousin in size and scope. La Seu has one of the world’s largest stain glass windows, measuring nearly twelve metres across and containing over 1,200 pieces of glass. It also features flourishes added by Antoni Gaudí during the early 20th-century, when he was briefly involved in its restoration.

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    Scenic Palma and Valldemossa

    Scenic Palma and Valldemossa

    1 Jun Palma, Spain
    Half Day Uphill SectionsWinding road
    Mallorca is the largest of the Balearics and a popular destination for fun seekers, but there is so much more to the island than beaches, bars and nightclubs. The cosmopolitan capital of Palma de Mallorca holds its own against any city on the Spanish mainland and is packed with fascinating history.

    Mallorca is the largest of the Balearics and a popular destination for fun seekers, but there is so much more to the island than beaches, bars and nightclubs. The cosmopolitan capital of Palma de Mallorca holds its own against any city on the Spanish mainland and is packed with fascinating history.

    A guided driving tour is the perfect way to include all the major landmarks, from the magnificent flying buttresses of the Catalan-Gothic Cathedral to the Royal Palace of La Almudaina. As you pass through the maze of sandstone streets in the Moorish old quarter to the flamboyant flower-stalls of the tree-lined La Rambla boulevard, the layout of the city comes alive with a rich variety of outstanding architecture.

    Leaving the hustle and bustle of Palma behind, the tour then transports you through pine forests and olive groves to the idyllic mountain town of Valldemossa, where Frédéric Chopin and the French author George Sand sojourned together from 1838 to 1839, a season that later inspired her novel, “A Winter in Majorca”.

    Your time in Valldemossa includes a tour of the Carthusian Monastery where Chopin and Sand stayed, followed by a delightful piano recital of Chopin’s music. Returning to the outskirts of the capital, you will then see the only circular fortress in Spain, the 14th-century Bellver Castle. This fairytale fortress sits at the centre of a hillside forest overlooking the city and has stunning views in all directions, including across the Bay of Palma.

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    Historic Soller Railway

    Historic Soller Railway

    1 Jun Palma, Spain
    Half Day Significant StepsUphill Sections
    The narrow-gauge Ferrocarril de Sóller railway has connected the city of Palma with Sollér for over a hundred years. This delightful line features vintage carriages adorned with authentic burnished wood and brass fittings, making it a wonderful way to see some of the Mallorcan countryside.

    The narrow-gauge Ferrocarril de Sóller railway has connected the city of Palma with Sollér for over a hundred years. This delightful line features vintage carriages adorned with authentic burnished wood and brass fittings, making it a wonderful way to see some of the Mallorcan countryside. Following a panoramic drive through Palma, your journey begins at the station of Son Reus and takes about fifty minutes to reach the picturesque “orange” town of Sollér, seventeen miles to the north.

    Along the way the route passes fairytale villages and orange groves, stops at peaceful waystations and crosses spectacular viaducts, including the eight metre high arches of the Cinq Pons. There’s also the extraordinary Túnel Major, which cuts through the Alfàbia Mountains for nearly two miles and is an astonishing feat of Fin de siècle engineering.

    Arriving in Sollér, this charming hillside town is filled with marvellous architectural attractions, including the Art Nouveau Casa de la Vila and the mediaeval Iglesia de San Bartolomé. Partially rebuilt during the 17th-century, this remarkable parish church received a new façade in 1904, designed by the Catalan modernist Joan Rubió, who was a keen admirer of Antoni Gaudí.

    After exploring the town at leisure, you may like to return to Sollér Station in time to visit another attraction that is often missed. Just inside the main entrance you will find a lovely museum containing ceramics by Picasso, as well as lithographs and paintings by Joan Miró.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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    Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum

    Panoramic Malaga and Picasso Museum

    3 Jun Malaga, Spain
    Half Day
    Departing from the pier this tour will show you the major coastal city of Andalusia: Málaga. Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures, parks and gardens.

    Departing from the pier this tour will show you the major coastal city of Andalusia: Malaga. Although Malaga may at first appear a little austere, the historic city centre is charming with its majestic, unfinished Gothic cathedral, surrounded by traditional balconied buildings, narrow pedestrian streets and some of the best tapas bars in the province. In recent years, the city has heavily invested in its culture and heritage with new museums. Malaga is a joy to stroll around, with a skyline that reflects the city’s eclectic character; church spires jostle for space with russet-red tiled roofs and lofty apartment buildings while, like a grand old dame, the 11th-century Gibralfaro Castle sits grandly and provides the best view of all.

    Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures of Mudejar and Gothic architecture, parks, gardens and the city's bullring before reaching the famous Gibralfaro Castle for a short exterior visit and photo stop. Your next stop will be the Picasso Museum, which is located in the Buenavista Palace. This historical building boasts classical characteristics of 16th century Andalusian architecture, whereby Renaissance and Mudejar elements are mixed. The collection inside the museum gathers together paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramic and graphic works of this unique artist throughout his life. This enviable collection of 204 works, 155 donated and 49 loaned to the museum by Christine Ruiz-Picasso (wife of Paul, Picasso’s eldest son) and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso (his grandson), includes some wonderful paintings of the family, including the heartfelt Paulo con gorro blanco (Paulo with a white cap), a portrait of Picasso’s eldest son painted in the 1920s. Don’t miss the Phoenician, Roman, Islamic and Renaissance archaeological remains in the museum’s basement, discovered during construction works. After the visit, enjoy some free time before returning to the pier.

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    Panoramic Malaga

    Panoramic Malaga

    3 Jun Malaga, Spain
    Half Day
    Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures of Mudejar and Gothic architecture, parks, gardens and the city's bullring, on your way to the famous Gibralfaro Castle for a short exterior visit and photo stop.

    Take a panoramic drive and pass by some outstanding structures of Mudejar and Gothic architecture, parks, gardens and the city's bullring, on your way to the famous Gibralfaro Castle for a short exterior visit and photo stop. Some free time will also be available to explore the city at leisure before your return to Aegean Odyssey.

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    Granada & Alhambra Palace Tour
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Granada & Alhambra Palace Tour

    3 Jun Malaga, Spain
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch IncludedWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesSignificant Steps
    The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and home of the Nasrid Sultans. The Nasrid Dynasty (1238-1492), was the last Islamic sultanate in the Iberian Peninsula and the Nasrid Sultans chose this site for their court as it was the ideal place from which to keep watch over the capital of their kingdom and the surrounding area.

    "Everything here appears calculated to inspire kind and happy feelings, for everything is delicate and beautiful. The very light falls tenderly from above, through the lantern of a dome tinted and wrought as if by fairy hands." Washington Irving, Tales of the Alhambra.

    Leave the port of Malaga and drive through the wonderful landscape of Andalusia passing endless fields of olive trees and picturesque villages. Your journey takes you to one of the most magical places in the world and the most outstanding symbol of Moorish heritage in Spain, the Alhambra. The Alhambra was a palace, a fortress and home of the Nasrid Sultans. The Nasrid Dynasty (1238-1492), was the last Islamic sultanate in the Iberian Peninsula and the Nasrid Sultans chose this site for their court as it was the ideal place from which to keep watch over the capital of their kingdom and the surrounding area. From the beginning of the 13th century, the original fortress grew into a huge walled site that was clearly intended to be both a palace and court.

    Within this gradual change, different stages of development, grandeur and decadence can clearly be seen through the various works of art and buildings erected over the years. The Alhambra was not a single construction, but rather the result of an evolution of successive reforms and extensions. Your guide will take you inside the “Alqala hamra”, meaning "red castle" where you will be able to visit the Nazaries Palaces with intricately carved stucco walls, knotted ceilings, elaborate honeycomb vaulting, and beautiful courtyards; “Serallo”, the official residence of the Sultan and the Harem, which surrounds the famous "Patio de los Leones," with its fountains feeding water through the mouths of 12 lions (representing months of the year), and many other wonderful sites within the fortress.

    Continuing on, the tour will visit the “Generalife Palace” which was build as the summer paradise for the Sultans of Granada. Its lovely terraces, grottoes, flowerbeds and fabulous fountains will make you feel the glamour of the Moorish inhabitants. After taking in all of these wonderful sites you will enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant. Finally, and to round the day off, there’s a panoramic tour around the city of Granada before returning to Malaga.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

    The price of this excursion already allows a credit for the unused half day excursion

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    The Rock

    The Rock

    4 Jun Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    This tour of the British territory affectionately known as “The Rock” begins with a drive past the runway used by General Eisenhower for his invasion of North Africa in 1942, on the way towards the city walls and Europa Point, where on a clear day you can see across the mouth of the Mediterranean to Morocco.

    This tour of the British territory affectionately known as “The Rock” begins with a drive past the runway used by General Eisenhower for his invasion of North Africa in 1942, on the way towards the city walls and Europa Point, where on a clear day you can see across the mouth of the Mediterranean to Morocco.

    From Europa Point then ascend into St. Michael’s Cave, a network of limestone caverns once thought to be bottomless located within the Upper Rock Nature Reserve. The central cave here is full of stalagmites and stalactites and has been a popular live venue since the nineteen-sixties. During the Second World War it was prepped for use as an emergency hospital, but in the end never saw any active duty.

    No trip to Gibraltar would be complete without a stop at Apes’ Den, home of the only free roaming apes in Europe, the famous Barbary Macaques. These playful and mischievous primates were once thought to have found their way through St Michael’s Cave from Africa. After meeting the Macaques enjoy a final relaxing drive through Gibraltar’s old quarter and city centre on the return to Aegean Odyssey.

    Please note: the ground of St. Michael’s Cave is wet and slippery, with many steps.

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    Historic Gibraltar

    Historic Gibraltar

    4 Jun Gibraltar, Gibraltar
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    One of the most remarkable aspects of Gibraltar is its vast network of tunnels which at their peak ran for over thirty miles, nearly twice the length of the modern road network above. Begun in 1782, when the British army found themselves surrounded on all sides by the French and Spanish, much of the labyrinth is now inaccessible, but key areas of this fascinating subterranean world remain, as you will discover during this intriguing tour beneath the Rock.

    One of the most remarkable aspects of Gibraltar is its vast network of tunnels which at their peak ran for over thirty miles, nearly twice the length of the modern road network above. Begun in 1782, when the British army found themselves surrounded on all sides by the French and Spanish, much of the labyrinth is now inaccessible, but key areas of this fascinating subterranean world remain, as you will discover during this intriguing tour beneath the Rock.

    There’s plenty to see above the ground first, however, beginning with a drive past the runway used by General Eisenhower for his invasion of North Africa in 1942, to the city walls and Europa Point, where on a clear day you can see across the mouth of the Mediterranean to Morocco.

    Apes’ Den is home to the famous Barbary Macaques, the only free roaming apes in Europe. Then descend into the tunnels where Sergeant-Major Henry Ince of the British army first hit upon the idea of tunnelling out through the side of the Rock to try and repel the French and Spanish forces.

    As Ince and his men dug through the rock with pickaxes, Ince began to realise that the air-vents they were creating along the way made ideal embrasures for launching artillery. A series of guns were installed in the tunnels and fired through the vents, decimating the enemy and finally ending the siege. Today, the tunnels remain a testimony to perhaps the most ingenious defence system devised during the 18th century.

    Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests with mobility difficulties due to the amount of walking though the tunnels.

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    Cadiz City Highlights

    Cadiz City Highlights

    5 Jun Cadiz, Spain
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
    Enjoy the picturesque views of the seaport as you make your way to the old quarter of Cadiz. Here you will see the most beautiful monuments of Cadiz. Start by passing the tobacco factory built in 1741, which now serves as the Congress building,

    Enjoy the picturesque views of the seaport as you make your way to the old quarter of Cadiz. Here you will see the most beautiful monuments of Cadiz. Start by passing the tobacco factory built in 1741, which now serves as the Congress building, Santo Domingo Church, and the old Royal Prison. Then carry on to the ancient Phoenician port of La Caleta, and the Santa Catalina Fortress. Finished in the seventeenth century, Santa Catalina was part of a series of fortifications designed to protect Cadiz from the English after Sir Francis Drake had successfully breached the harbour in 1587 in an attack that became known as “singeing the King of Spain’s beard”. You'll continue towards the San Carlos Gate for a tour of the old town. Among its many historical monuments, El Populo's stone gates were there to bid Christopher Columbus goodbye as he left the Cadiz harbour on his second trip in 1493. Afterwards, you will visit the Cathedral of Cadiz and the Diocesan Museum. It took 116 years to complete this 18th century Baroque and neo-classical Cathedral. You then head to the picturesque Plaza Flores, and the Plaza de Espana with its massive monument commemorating the meeting of the Cortes, Spain’s first representative national assembly, in 1810-12.

     

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    Jerez and Sherry Tasting

    Jerez and Sherry Tasting

    5 Jun Cadiz, Spain
    Half day
    Cadiz has clung to Spain’s Atlantic coast for over 4,000 years and in this time its influence has been felt far and wide. The city has long been considered a bridge between Europe and Africa and was the gateway to the Americas during the age of discovery.

    Cadiz has clung to Spain’s Atlantic coast for over 4,000 years and in this time its influence has been felt far and wide. The city has long been considered a bridge between Europe and Africa and was the gateway to the Americas during the age of discovery.

    The old city is immensely intriguing – a cluster of narrow streets opening on to charming small squares. You will appreciate the atmosphere and history of Cadiz during a drive through the city from the delightful ancient seaport, passing the 18th century baroque cathedral, then around the old part of the city with its splendid views over the bay. You will see the Plaza Espana and the gardens where the famous monument of Las Cortes (Spanish Parliament) of 1812 is situated. Then you will continue to the Moorish-style Alameda de Apodaca Gardens, a reminder of their occupancy in past centuries. The cathedral with its famous towering golden domes acts as a landmark against the Cadiz skyline, and the famous composer Manuel de Falla is buried here.

    After this, you will drive inland to the historic town of Jerez de la Frontera. Jerez is home to dozens of sherry companies, and a visit will be made to the well-known Bodega Gonzalez Byass, which produces some of the most delicious sherry in the world. Here, the ageold process of blending is explained and then you will be invited to sample various types of the fortified wine in the unique atmosphere of the cellars.

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    Seville City Sightseeing

    Seville City Sightseeing

    6 Jun Seville, Spain
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Seville is a beautiful and romantic place. Legend has it this Andalusian city was founded 3,000 years ago by Hercules and it is also said to be the birthplace of flamenco. Your tour will, we trust, give you a flavour of this intoxicating place.

    Seville is a beautiful and romantic place. Legend has it this Andalusian city was founded 3,000 years ago by Hercules and it is also said to be the birthplace of flamenco. Your tour will, we trust, give you a flavour of this intoxicating place. Admire the exterior of the spectacular fifteenth-century Cathedral of Seville which is the third largest in Europe and one of the last built in the Gothic style. It stands on the site of the great 12th-century Almohad mosque, with the mosque’s minaret (the Giralda) still towering beside it.  It has been said that if heaven does exist then it probably looks like Seville’s Royal Palace Alcazar. A building existed on this site as early as 913 but the main construction was carried out in the early fourteenth century with the sublime Mudejar Palacio de Don Pedro being completed in 1366. The Alcazar is a functioning royal palace and some of the Upper Royal Quarters are still used by the Spanish royal family. Finally, stroll through the Old Jewish Quarter of Santa Cruz with its labyrinth of narrow streets and lovely Moorish courtyards. 

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    Lisbon City Highlights
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Lisbon City Highlights

    8 Jun Lisbon, Portugal
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesUphill Sections
    Heading towards the west side of Lisbon, you will arrive at the historical Belem Quarter, a pleasant riverside area that has historic links with the 15th-century Portuguese Age of Discovery as it was from here that the Caravels set sail on their voyages to the New World. Belem is also where the most famous Lisbon’s landmarks are located including the Belem Tower, the Discoveries Monument and the Monastery of Jeronimos.

    Heading towards the west side of Lisbon, you will arrive at the historical Belem Quarter, a pleasant riverside area that has historic links with the 15th-century Portuguese Age of Discovery as it was from here that the Caravels set sail on their voyages to the New World. Belem is also where the most famous Lisbon’s landmarks are located including the Belem Tower, the Discoveries Monument and the Monastery of Jeronimos. Belem’s undisputed heart-stealer is this UNESCO-listed monastery. The mosteiro was commissioned by Manuel I to trumpet Vasco da Gama’s discovery of a sea route to India in 1498 and the great explorer is interred in the church here.

    Then take a scenic drive from Belem to the city centre passing by the Alfama Quarter, Baixa (Downtown), Restauradores, and the fancy Avenida da Liberdade with its highend shops. Stop at Alto do Parque to admire Lisbon from the north and from here you have an astonishing view to the banks of the River Tagus.

    Afterwards stop at Rossio Square where you can enjoy some free time. Praca do Rossio, or the Rossio Square, is one of the most beautiful places to see in Lisbon. The square, which is located in downtown Lisbon, has been a witness to various historical events in the city, from popular celebrations and revolutions to executions and bullfights. Today, Praca do Rossio is a popular destination both for locals and tourists. Every day, people from different places flock to the square to relax, hang out, and just take in the atmosphere.

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    Sintra and Queluz

    Sintra and Queluz

    8 Jun Lisbon, Portugal
    Half Day
    This panoramic tour begins in the city of Queluz, with the magnificent 18th-century Queluz National Palace, one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe and the former seat of the Portuguese royal family. Frequently compared with Versailles, Queluz is actually earlier in date than the French masterpiece.

    This panoramic tour begins in the city of Queluz, with the magnificent 18th-century Queluz National Palace, one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe and the former seat of the Portuguese royal family. Frequently compared with Versailles, Queluz is actually earlier in date than the French masterpiece.

    From here, we will proceed to Sintra, one of the most famous places in Portugal, built against the northern slope of the "Serra de Sintra" mountains. This small village is well known for its charming narrow roads and lush greenery, where climbing flowers and semi-tropical vine-like plants trail from mossy walls and balconies. Noble houses and palaces with walled gardens and stately courtyards are scattered throughout the forested hills, revelling in the soft, cool microclimate that the mountain position brings to the town.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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    Oporto City Highlights & Port Tasting
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Oporto City Highlights & Port Tasting

    9 Jun Oporto, Portugal
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Historically, Oporto is no doubt one of the most important cities in Portugal. The town centre dates mainly from the 18th century, when trade was booming and merchants embellished the city with large squares and avenues that made a big contrast with the narrow little streets of the old medieval quarters, and all around you can see the façades of elegant homes and palaces that show how prosperous they were in days gone by.

    Historically, Oporto is no doubt one of the most important cities in Portugal. The town centre dates mainly from the 18th century, when trade was booming and merchants embellished the city with large squares and avenues that made a big contrast with the narrow little streets of the old medieval quarters, and all around you can see the façades of elegant homes and palaces that show how prosperous they were in days gone by.

    Our first stop is the Romanesque-style Cathedral, built in the 12th century and extensively rebuilt in the 17th and 18th centuries. You’ll be able to admire the interior and see the altar dating from the baroque period.

    Next you’ll visit the Stock Exchange Palace, built in the 19th century to impress European investors. The surprising Moorish decorated rooms are nowadays used by the Chamber of Commerce, the President and members of the government for official receptions. You’ll cross the Douro River by way of the unique double-decker Dom Luis Bridge to Gaia to visit a well-known wine cellar for a tasting of port wine.

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    Vigo Boat Experience

    Vigo Boat Experience

    10 Jun Vigo, Spain
    Half Day
    Enjoy a panoramic tour by boat along the beautiful bay of Vigo. First stop is at the “Bateas” or wooden floating docks located in the estuary, used to grow mussels.

    Enjoy a panoramic tour by boat along the beautiful bay of Vigo. First stop is at the “Bateas” or wooden floating docks located in the estuary, used to grow mussels. Galician mussels are world known for its quality. There are around 3,400 rafts producing mussels throughout Galicia. Your guide will point out the main aspects and impacts of mussel farming in the region. Continue passing by the  “Rande bridge”  where the “Battle of Rande” took place during the opening years of the War of the Spanish Succession. Next stop is at the San Simon island, a place full of old stories of pirates, naval battles and also, in recent years, it was a prison during the Franco´s regime. During the cruise you will be enjoy a tasting of some mussels accompanied with Galician white wine.

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    Santiago de Compostela
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Santiago de Compostela

    10 Jun Vigo, Spain
    Full Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursLunch Included
    Vigo, the Gateway to the Atlantic, is a great combination of ancient history, beautiful beaches and a modern cosmopolitan outlook. This Galician city also has a proud heritage. Vigo was where the Roman Empire met the ocean and, in the 19th century, it became the main transatlantic departure point for a nation.

    Vigo, the Gateway to the Atlantic, is a great combination of ancient history, beautiful beaches and a modern cosmopolitan outlook. This Galician city also has a proud heritage. Vigo was where the Roman Empire met the ocean and, in the 19th century, it became the main transatlantic departure point for a nation.

    Leave Vigo by road for Santiago de Compostela one of the most important places in Catholicism, because it is reputed to be the place where St James, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, is buried.

    On arrival, enjoy a guided tour of Obradoiro Square. Named after the workmen who built the Cathedral, this square sits in front of the main entrance of the Cathedral on its northern façade.

    Facing the Cathedral is the Palacio de Rajoy that was built in the eighteenth century to house the choirboys and a seminary for priests. It was later used as a prison and is now the Town Hall. Facing the Cathedral is the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos that was built as a hospital for pilgrims during the reign of the Catholic kings in the XV century and today is one of the most beautiful buildings combining different styles such as Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque.

    The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is the reputed burial-place of Saint James, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ, and it has been a place of pilgrimage on the Way of St James since the early Middle Ages. What we see today is actually the fourth church to stand on this spot. The lavish baroque façade facing Praza do Obradoiro was erected in the 18th century, replacing the weather-damaged Romanesque one. This is the cathedral's main entrance, but owing to repair work on the towers and interior, it's likely to be closed until about 2021. In the meantime, most people enter through the south door on Praza das Praterias.

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    Medoc Vineyards and Wine Chateaux Road

    Medoc Vineyards and Wine Chateaux Road

    13 Jun Bordeaux, France
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursSignificant Steps
    Chartrons, cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade, your tour of the Medoc starts just north of the city. The Medoc wine road, located between the Gironde estuary and the Landes forest, provides magnificent views of vine-covered gravelly rises as far as the eye can see.

    Chartrons, cradle of the Bordeaux wine trade, your tour of the Medoc starts just north of the city. The Medoc wine road, located between the Gironde estuary and the Landes forest, provides magnificent views of vine-covered gravelly rises as far as the eye can see. You will have the opportunity to take photos of some of the most famous Chateaux of the area i.e. Margaux, Pichon Longueville.

    Medoc vineyards are orderly and well-kept almost to the point of fanaticism, and the region's world famous chateaux produce wine that are nothing short of divine... Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Saint Estephe, Pauillac, Medoc, Haut Medoc and Margaux (with the celebrated chateau of the same name).

    You will visit the cellars of one of the following famous estates: Chateau Pichon Longueville Baron, Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Lagrange or Chateau Kirwan. After your guided visit of the estate, you will be introduced to the secret wine-making techniques of the estate before following your guide to the tasting room to indulge yourself with their wines.

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    Panoramic Bordeaux and Wine Tasting
    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Panoramic Bordeaux and Wine Tasting

    13 Jun Bordeaux, France
    Half Day A panoramic coach tour with less walking
    For many years Bordeaux was known as “La Belle au Bois Dormant” (Sleeping Beauty) due to its magnificent buildings being shrouded in centuries of black soot. Then in 2000, the mayor, former Prime Minister Alain Juppé, roused Bordeaux, restoring its neoclassical architecture and implementing a high-tech public transport system.

    For many years Bordeaux was known as “La Belle au Bois Dormant” (Sleeping Beauty) due to its magnificent buildings being shrouded in centuries of black soot. Then in 2000, the mayor, former Prime Minister Alain Juppé, roused Bordeaux, restoring its neoclassical architecture and implementing a high-tech public transport system. His efforts paid off: in mid-2007 half of the entire city (18 sq km, from the outer boulevards to the banks of the Garonne) was UNESCOlisted, making it the largest urban World Heritage Site.

    After a panoramic tour of the main sites including the 13th-century cathedral, the Palais Rohan and the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux, you will leave the city for the nearby world-famous vineyards that surround Bordeaux.

    The history of Bordeaux wine spans almost 2,000 years to Roman times when the first vineyards were planted. In the Middle Ages, the marriage of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine opened the Bordeaux region to the English market and eventually to the world's stage. Today, Bordeaux wine remains the world’s most popular and sought-after wine. You will stop at one of the prestigious wine estates such as Chateau La Louvière, Chateau Haut Bailly, Chateau Carbonnieux or Chateau Latour-Martillac to visit their cellars, be introduced to the art of wine making and, of course, to enjoy a wine tasting.

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    UNESCO World Heritage Site

    UNESCO Bordeaux

    13 Jun Bordeaux, France
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    Depart by coach from the ship for a panoramic walking tour of Bordeaux. Drive along the river front where the wine trade has flourished for centuries and then view the Second World War German submarine base. In the summer of 1941, Admiral Dönitz decided to build highly fortified U-Boat pens in Bordeaux and construction began in September 1941. They were constructed with reinforced concrete and the roof above the pens was 5.6 m (18ft 4 in) thick.

    Depart by coach from the ship for a panoramic walking tour of Bordeaux. Drive along the river front where the wine trade has flourished for centuries and then view the Second World War German submarine base. In the summer of 1941, Admiral Dönitz decided to build highly fortified U-Boat pens in Bordeaux and construction began in September 1941. They were constructed with reinforced concrete and the roof above the pens was 5.6 m (18ft 4 in) thick.

    Then on to L’Esplanade des Quinconces. This is one of Europe’s largest squares (12 hectares) and its principal monument was erected between 1894 and 1902 in memory of the Girondists who fell victim of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. Stop at the Palais Rohan, the 18th-century former home of the Archbishop that is now the City Hall and walk to the 13th-century Cathedral of St Andrew, where Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII, for an inside visit. Continue to the nearby the Grand Theatre de Bordeaux which was built by the architect Victor Louis and inaugurated in 1780. This is one of the most beautiful theatres in Europe and a pure work of art from the 18th century.

    Strolling through the Old Bordeaux area, you will come across beautiful squares such as La Place du Parlement, the former royal marketplace (1760) with its harmonious façades and fountain, and Place de la Bourse, the former royal square dedicated to Louis XV (1729). 

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    La Rochelle Highlights and Cognac

    La Rochelle Highlights and Cognac

    14 Jun La Rochelle, France
    Half Day Significant Steps
    Arriving in La Rochelle, start your panoramic city tour and see the Old Harbour with the Two Towers at its entrance. These were built to protect the harbour in times of war when an enormous chain was raised between the two 14th-century stone towers at the harbour entrance. Begin the walking tour at Saint-Sauveur Church close to the old harbour.

    Arriving in La Rochelle, start your panoramic city tour and see the Old Harbour with the Two Towers at its entrance. These were built to protect the harbour in times of war when an enormous chain was raised between the two 14th-century stone towers at the harbour entrance. Begin the walking tour at Saint-Sauveur Church close to the old harbour.

    The tour will explore La Rochelle’s mercantile and military past. This history is reflected in the city’s narrow streets paved with ancient stone slabs, vaulted passages, arcades and porches. During the tour there will also be time to browse La Rochelle’s morning market before heading out of the city by coach to the Chateau de La Peraudière. Owned by the Normandin Mercier family, the Chateau was established in 1872 by Jules Normandin, a Cognac brandy broker and landowner.

    The site Jules chose for his Cognac business was perfect as it is not only close to La Rochelle, which was the major export harbour for Cognac, but also has the ideal climatic conditions for producing the spirit. You will visit the cellars and have a tasting of Cognac and Pineau des Charentes, a fortified wine made from lightly fermented grape must and Cognac.

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    La Rochelle Highlights and Ré Island

    La Rochelle Highlights and Ré Island

    14 Jun La Rochelle, France
    Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursWalking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    It is a short drive from the ship to Ré Island. One of the jewels of the Atlantic coast, the island has been connected to the mainland by a bridge nearly two miles long since the beginning of 1988.

    It is a short drive from the ship to Ré Island. One of the jewels of the Atlantic coast, the island has been connected to the mainland by a bridge nearly two miles long since the beginning of 1988.

    As soon as you reach the Island, you will be won over by the atmosphere and brightness of the light, something that has brought to the island and inspired many painters over many years. A panoramic tour of the island shows you a succession of fishing ports, from Rivedoux to La Flotte, and Saint Martin (the island capital) with its port and its ramparts.
    After a guided tour of Saint Martin, you’ll enjoy free time to explore further the typical port with its narrow streets, or simply enjoy refreshment at one of the numerous café terraces.

    From here, you’ll head for La Rochelle for a guided walking tour of the old town and harbour, followed by some free time, before heading back to the ship.

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    Chateau de la Roche Courbon

    Chateau de la Roche Courbon

    14 Jun La Rochelle, France
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfacesSignificant Steps
    Inhabited as far back as prehistoric times, since 1475 a castle has also existed on the site of the Chateau de la Roche Courbonin. Originally built by Jehan de Latour, in the 17th century, the Courbon family, which had occupied the castle for two centuries, transformed it into a more comfortable residence.

    Inhabited as far back as prehistoric times, since 1475 a castle has also existed on the site of the Chateau de la Roche Courbonin. Originally built by Jehan de Latour, in the 17th century, the Courbon family, which had occupied the castle for two centuries, transformed it into a more comfortable residence. More alterations were made in the 18th century, but it was eventually sold in 1817 and then abandoned. It was purchased in 1920 by Paul Chenereau, who restored the chateau and its gardens. The chateau is still owned and inhabited by his descendants.

    Built in the 15th century, upon a rocky outcrop in the midst of marshland, the original castle was transformed into an elegant residence by Jean-Louis de Courbon, during the 17th century. As the marquis would not flee during the French Revolution, the chateau was not sold. His daughter Charlotte married an aide-de-camp of Napoleon. Because upkeep was so expensive, however, the chateau became abandoned during the following hundred years.

    The chateau has a Garden à la française, redone in 1936-1939, featuring a terrace with an Italian gallery, a monumental stairway, a parterre with four compartments and statues. The gardens include an orchard, flower garden, geometrical flower beds and lawns surrounding a small lake ('mirror pool'). The River Bruant flows through the gardens, feeding the water features. Beyond that, an ornamental staircase leads to higher ground, on the far side of the river. In the grounds are some Stone Age cave dwellings in woodland close by the River Bruant. Prehistoric finds from the site are housed in the 'keep' museum.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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    Scenic Guernsey

    Scenic Guernsey

    16 Jun Guernsey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom
    Half Day A panoramic coach tour with less walking
    This panoramic tour of the Island of Guernsey showcases its beautiful coastline of rocky cliffs and wild sandy bays. Before that, however, we will travel inland along some winding country lanes to visit the delightful Little Chapel, possibly the smallest church in the world, where we will make a short photo stop to admire this fascinating building, beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china.

    This panoramic tour of the Island of Guernsey showcases its beautiful coastline of rocky cliffs and wild sandy bays. Before that, however, we will travel inland along some winding country lanes to visit the delightful Little Chapel, possibly the smallest church in the world, where we will make a short photo stop to admire this fascinating building, beautifully decorated with seashells, pebbles and colourful pieces of broken china. Built in 1914 by two brothers to replicate the grotto at Lourdes, the chapel is a true labour of love that took three attempts to get right.

    We will then continue to the wild cliffs at Pleinmont Point, on the south coast of the island, then west towards the broad sandy bays of Rocquaine Bay, with the Martello Tower of Fort Grey, Vazon Bay and Cobo Bay other highlights, before we return to St Peter Port.

     

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    Honfleur Walking Tour

    Honfleur Walking Tour

    17 Jun Honfleur, France
    Half Day Walking over cobblestones, uneven or slippery surfaces
    The history of Honfleur, long sung about by poets and painted by famous artists, has always been tightly bound to the sea. Today, Honfleur offers visitors a unique heritage which can best be glimpsed by a leisurely stroll along its picturesque narrow streets lined by timber-framed houses.

    The history of Honfleur, long sung about by poets and painted by famous artists, has always been tightly bound to the sea. Today, Honfleur offers visitors a unique heritage which can best be glimpsed by a leisurely stroll along its picturesque narrow streets lined by timber-framed houses.

    One of Honfleur’s major sites is St Catherine’s Church, which dates from the 15th century and also has the distinction of being France’s largest timber-built church. The separate bell tower, located opposite above the bell-ringer’s house, is likewise made of oak. Other sites of interest you will see on this tour are the Salt Warehouses, originally run by the Gabelle (tax on salt) collectors, the Lieutenancy, once the residence of the city governor, and the Old Port, which has some beautifully picturesque quaysides.

    After your visit, you will then have some time on your own to enjoy the quaint atmosphere of this charming little town before returning to Aegean Odyssey.

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    River Thames Cruise: Tilbury to Tower Bridge

    River Thames Cruise: Tilbury to Tower Bridge

    18 Jun London (Tilbury), England, United Kingdom
    Half Day Boat RideSignificant Steps
    This leisurely boat ride through the heart of London is a great way to obtain an overall impression of one of the most lively and interesting capitals in the world. This is a truly a place where history, pageantry and tradition mix with the modern, eccentric and avant-garde, offering something for everyone.

    This leisurely boat ride through the heart of London is a great way to obtain an overall impression of one of the most lively and interesting capitals in the world. This is truly a place where history, pageantry and tradition mix with the modern, eccentric and avant-garde, offering something for everyone.

    Starting from the lesser known parts of London, the beginning of the journey is a perfect example of London’s international history as the twists and turns of the River Thames take you past the former Millennium Dome, now the 02 Arena, through the Tobacco Docks and past the maritime metropolis of Greenwich.

    Following the meandering river for an hour or so, as your vessel decreases in speed you will see the London Eye on the South Bank, the neo-Gothic Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Clock Tower, home of the famous “Big Ben” bell, and Westminster Abbey, where a long lineage of royals have been married or crowned.

    Your comfortable boat then cruises eastwards beneath many of the capital’s bridges, including the current London Bridge, of which there have been several incarnations, for disembarkation in front of the Tower of London, directly opposite the iconic Tower Bridge.

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    Shakespeare’s Southbank

    Shakespeare’s Southbank

    19 Jun London, England, United Kingdom
    Half Day Significant Steps
    Famous for its association with William Shakespeare, the Globe theatre in the heart of London is a hugely significant historical site that vibrantly brings to live the heyday of Elizabeth England. This fabulously immersive optional tour begins with some time to peruse the Globe Exhibition at your leisure, before the Globe’s expert guides explain the intricacies and significance of Elizabethan costume as well as its impact on society.

    Famous for its association with William Shakespeare, the Globe Theatre in the heart of London is a hugely significant historical site that vibrantly brings to life the heyday of Elizabeth England. This fabulously immersive optional tour begins with some time to peruse the Globe Exhibition at your leisure, before the Globe’s expert guides explain the intricacies and significance of Elizabethan costume as well as its impact on society. You will also learn some period housekeeping tips and have the opportunity to dress up as a character from a Shakespearean play.

    Your step back into history continues with a guided walking tour of the area, where the famous sights and landmarks include the first theatre ever constructed on Bankside in 1587, the Rose, which predates Shakespeare’s original Globe by twelve years. The Rose is the only Elizabethan Playhouse to be excavated on a huge scale, having been the subject of thorough investigation by archaeologists in 1989. You’ll also be able to marvel at the original site of Shakespeare’s Globe, which provided crucial archaeological evidence for the reconstructed building you will see today.

    Thanks to the decimation caused by the Great Fire of London in 1666, the Globe is now the only building in the city to have a thatched roof. During your tour inside the theatre your guide will describe how its modern patrons fought to keep the building as authentic as possible, while also describing the reconstruction process.

    Please note: this optional excursion can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship (all prices for purchases on-board Aegean Odyssey are listed in US dollars).

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    Clare Coventry

    Clare Coventry

    Clare Coventry, Craft Tutor
    Clare was born and brought up in the small and historic town of Youghal, in Co. Cork, in Southern Ireland. She was educated at the Presentation of the Sacred Heart Convent, in Youghal. a traditional Catholic school for young ladies. Whilst receiving the full curriculum of subjects, including Gaelic, Clare’s heartfelt interests lay in other directions.

    Clare was born and brought up in the small and historic town of Youghal, in Co. Cork, in Southern Ireland. She was educated at the Presentation of the Sacred Heart Convent, in Youghal. a traditional Catholic school for young ladies. Whilst receiving the full curriculum of subjects, including Gaelic, Clare’s heartfelt interests lay in other directions.

    Her mother was a classically-trained pianist, and her father a fine tenor. Clare and her siblings were all musically inclined from a young age, and Clare formed herself and her three younger siblings (two sisters and a brother) into a harmony ensemble, with their ages ranging from sixteen to just eleven.

    In 1967, they won a grand concours held in Cork City Opera House, and were brought over to the UK on a tour, from which they never returned to Ireland.

    They settled in the United Kingdom, married and had families. Clare and her sisters resurrected their musical career in the 1980’s, culminating in national TV appearances and selection for the Golden Rose of Montreux international awards festival, in Switzerland.

    Clare went on to become a very successful BBC radio presenter, working for BBC Radio Lancashire, and BBC Radio Merseyside, two of Britain’s largest local radio networks. She had her own magazine-type show, interviewing right across the board, from authors to explorers, and from politicians to pop stars.

    As well as musical ability, Clare also inherited from her mother a lifelong love of crafting.

    “With six children to look after, my mother saw it as a necessity rather than a hobby,” reflects Clare. “I’ve just taken what I learnt and absorbed from her, and turned it to another use...teaching”.

    Clare has spent a lifetime singing and crafting. In 2008, she gained her ‘Fascinator of Excellence’ qualification, and since then has appeared on ‘Crafty Beggars’, a TV show sponsored by Hobbycraft.’

    Clare has been singing and teaching her crafts aboard cruise ships for the past seventeen years. Her craft workshops are informative, effective, and great fun. With a unique blend of skill, patience, and humour, she brings to life the adage, “People learn best when they’re enjoying themselves”.

    Please note Clare will not be lecturing but will be performing songs in the Ambassdor Lounge with her sister Marianne, as “Sister Sister!”

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    John Coventry

    John Coventry

    John Coventry, Travel and Special Interests lecturer
    John studied Modern Languages at Exeter and Salford Universities, majoring in French, German, and Spanish. A lifelong thirst for travel was partially assuaged by a stint in America, at the University of Texas, in Austin, followed by a year in the pipeline construction industry, working as a translator/interpreter, in Algeria.

    John studied Modern Languages at Exeter and Salford Universities, majoring in French, German, and Spanish. A lifelong thirst for travel was partially assuaged by a stint in America, at the University of Texas, in Austin, followed by a year in the pipeline construction industry, working as a translator/interpreter, in Algeria.

    John then embarked upon a working lifetime spent in some of the strangest corners of the travel industry.

    At a time when the world was just starting to open up to leisure travel, he was in the vanguard of this revolution as a worldwide tour coordinator, accompanying groups of travellers on trips to a variety of exotic destinations and with a variety of diverse purposes.

    From wildlife photo safaris to transatlantic flights aboard Concorde, from the slopes of Macchu Picchu to the outback of Australia, from the gates of Graceland to the Iron Gates of the Danube, John’s life was a kaleidoscope of people, places, and experiences, some exciting, some disquieting, but all memorable.

    Smuggling a body across the Iron Curtain, being caught up in a revolution in South America, pinned down by sniper fire in San Francisco...these were just some of John’s experiences as he plied his trade around the globe. He went on to become general manager of one of the UK’s most prestigious independent tour operators.

    John’s first experience of ocean cruising was in 1982, around the islands of Indonesia. Since that long-ago cruise baptism, he has sailed the seven seas, as cruise manager, charterer, port lecturer, destinations presenter, and special interests speaker.

    A long time Mensa member and four time Brain of Mensa finalist, John’s range of knowledge and interests is as intriguing as it is eclectic.

    As a cruise lecturer, John brings to bear all his experience and expertise in a series of scintillating presentations on a- as you might expect - diverse range of fascinating subject matters.

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    John Ducker

    John Ducker

    John Ducker, The Wine Education Service
    Having been bestowed a number of interesting ‘lives’ which may be revealed as the cruise progresses, John’s principal activity has been as the actor ‘John Leeson’. He has celebrated over half a century’s visibility in theatre, film and television, and latterly as the unseen voice of Doctor Who’s iconic robot dog-companion K9.

    Having been bestowed a number of interesting ‘lives’ which may be revealed as the cruise progresses, John’s principal activity has been as the  actor ‘John Leeson’. He has celebrated over half a century’s visibility in theatre, film and television, and latterly as the unseen voice of Doctor Who’s iconic robot dog-companion K9. Hardly less important has been his professional wine-teaching career, one which has additionally covered many sea and river miles as wine tutor for a number of top smaller-ship cruise lines. As a reputable (and published) family cook his quick-reference guide to food/wine matching, ‘Marriages Made in Heaven’, will be freely available on board.

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    Stella Grace Lyons

    Stella Grace Lyons

    Stella Grace Lyons, Art Historian
    Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice.

    Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. In addition, she attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, a private atelier that follows a curriculum based on the leading ateliers of nineteenth century Paris.

    In 2017, Stella was selected by the Arts Society to lecture at the launch of 'Drawing Room Discussions' in association with ROSL ARTS, hosted by Guardian arts correspondent Maev Kennedy. Stella lectures regularly throughout the UK, Europe and for cruise ships. Her particular interests include 19th Century British art, the Italian and Northern Renaissance, American figurative artists from the 20th century and the representation of the nude in art. 

    Stella grew up in a family who all work in the arts; her mother is a choreographer, her father runs an animation company, her brother is an illustrator and her grandmother was an antiques dealer. As a child she was taken to galleries and historical houses throughout the UK and Europe and this is when her interest in Art History began. In addition to art, Stella enjoys travelling, good food, theatre, classical music and discovering new Scottish whiskies. You can read more about Stella on her website: www.stellagracelyons.com
     

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    Ernest Rea

    Ernest Rea

    Ernest Rea, Broadcaster
    Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles.

    Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles. From 1989 -2001 he was Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC responsible for all their television and radio programmes nationally and locally. During this time, he spent much time in the United States, brokering co-production television deals with leading American broadcasters. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in wide demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals, and academic symposia. 

    In 1997 he was personally awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council for Christians and Jews for his contribution to Inter Faith understanding. He has First Class Degrees in Theology and in History and Politics which helped fuel his passion for the study of world religions and the way in which they impact on the ancient and modern worlds. He was one time Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Education at Manchester University.

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    The Westin Excelsior

    The Westin Excelsior

    Rome, Italy
    2-night hotel stay in Rome
    Balcony Class
    One of the city’s most imposing palaces, this hotel is rich in history and located on one of the most celebrated streets of Rome, the legendary Via Veneto. Since 1906, the Westin Excelsior has hosted celebrities, statesmen and artists visiting the Eternal City and is nestled between the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens.

    One of the city’s most imposing palaces, this hotel is rich in history and located on one of the most celebrated streets of Rome, the legendary Via Veneto. Since 1906, the Westin Excelsior has hosted celebrities, statesmen and artists visiting the Eternal City and is nestled between the Spanish Steps and the Borghese Gardens. Its grand guest rooms and indoor pool, with health and fitness centre, make this one of the most unique hotels in Rome.

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    Starhotels Metropole

    Starhotels Metropole

    Rome, Italy
    2-night hotel stay in Rome
    Premium Class
    Starhotels Metropole is located in a peaceful spot, fully refurbished to offer comfort without compromise. You’ll find everything you’d expect from a 4-star hotel in Rome including room service, laundry and dry cleaning, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a fitness room.

    Starhotels Metropole is located in a peaceful spot, fully refurbished to offer comfort without compromise. You’ll find everything you’d expect from a 4-star hotel in Rome including room service, laundry and dry cleaning, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a fitness room. The hotel is near the Termini railway station and the Teatro dell’Opera, from where it’s just a short walk to Rome’s most iconic monuments. 

     

    Please note: Guests will be staying at one of the listed hotels in Rome. Please review your confirmation documents for the relevant hotel information. 

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    Voyages to Antiquity is pleased to offer free Economy Class airfare*, available from a variety of US gateways for select cruise itineraries!

    Free roundtrip airfare from select US gateways

    Voyages to Antiquity's Economy Class airfare program uses the world's leading airlines and offers convenient routings and exceptional savings. Upgrade costs for Business Class may be available on request - please call for details.

    Sample gateways for our free roundtrip economy airfare, relevant to select itineraries only, are shown below.

    Sample free economy airfare gateways*

    AtlantaFREENew YorkFREE
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    DallasFREESan FranciscoFREE
    DenverFREESeattleFREE
    DetroitFREESt LouisFREE
    HoustonFREETampaFREE
    Los AngelesFREEMinneapolisFREE
    MiamiFREEWashington DCFREE

    *Free roundtrip airfare is economy class only, varies by gateway and departure, and includes all government taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges, which may change at any time. Airline-imposed personal charges such as baggage fees may apply.

    Some restrictions apply. You may not be able to change your confirmed flight arrangements without an additional charge. All air itineraries are subject to change and are not considered final until ticketed at 30 days prior to sailing. Some gateways may require departures 1 day prior to dates on pre-cruise land programs or 1 day later than dates on post-cruise programs shown on the website and in the brochure.

    Customized air travel

    You may wish to make changes to the flight itinerary provided by Voyages to Antiquity.

    Your travel agent can make these flight requests on your behalf when you confirm your reservation. For example, you may wish to request travel on a specific carrier, or travel on different departure or return dates. A US$50 per person non-refundable administration fee will be charged for each request, plus any possible fare differential. Any additional costs associated with the change(s) will be added to your reservation once your new itinerary has been accepted. Deposit must be provided before custom requests can be made.

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    Voyages to Antiquity will request aisle and next seating when making your flight arrangements. Some airlines no longer allow specific seats to be requested for Economy Class travel. You or your travel agent may contact the carrier directly to request any special arrangements.

    Frequent Flyer mileage

    You will be able to accrue miles on most carriers we use, but will not be able to use miles for upgrades or any other amenities. Special requests and services should be arranged directly with the airline. 

    Included transfers

    Transfers between airports, hotels and Aegean Odyssey while on your cruise-tour abroad are included. You'll be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred in comfort to the ship. At the end of your cruise holiday, you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight home. 

    Note: Included transfers are provided only in conjunction with arrival and departure dates of cruise-tours (including optional pre- and post hotel stays) as outlined on the website and our brochure. The included transfers are only available for guests using Voyages to Antiquity air arrangements. 

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    550 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, dressing area, separate sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

    Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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    $16,450*pp
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    310 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, walk-in closet, sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

    Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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    275 sq ft staterooms located on Lido & Bridge Decks. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected. Cabins 807, 808 on Lido Deck are smaller and do not have a sitting area.

    Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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    $13,850*pp
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    275 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected.

    Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
    Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    215 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Private bath/ shower or walk-in shower. Convertible twin beds. Cabins 556 and 563 are smaller but have a fixed double bed and a balcony.

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    $11,750*pp
    $12,495*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Deluxe OutsideF
    Deluxe Outside
    PREMIUM
    Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    170-200sq ft staterooms located on Bridge and Belvedere Decks. Bath/Shower or walk-in shower.
    Convertible twin beds or Fixed Double Bed. Cabins 535 and 536 have fixed twin beds only.

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    $11,250*pp
    $11,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideG
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    130-150 sq ft staterooms located on Bridge & Lido Decks. Private shower, fixed twin beds, convertible twin beds or fixed double bed.

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    $10,640*pp
    $11,295*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideH
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    Premium Outside 130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $10,195*pp
    $10,850*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium OutsideI*
    Premium Outside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft cabins located on Bridge Deck. Private shower. Fixed twin beds or fixed double bed.
    Views in some cabins partially obstructed by Life Boats.

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    $9,650*pp
    $10,250*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJ
    Standard Outside
    PREMIUM
    Standard Outside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.
    * Please note the photo shows a Category H premium outside cabin. Category J standard outside cabins feature portholes instead of windows.

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    $8,995*pp
    $9,595*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideK
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $8,495*pp
    $9,095*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideL
    Premium Inside
    PREMIUM
    Premium Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $7,950*pp
    $8,550*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideM
    Standard Inside
    PREMIUM
    Standard Inside, PREMIUM
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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    $7,495*pp
    $7,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Deluxe BalconyCC
    Deluxe Balcony
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    135 sq ft single occupancy stateroom located on Lido Deck (Cabins 809, 810). Walk-in shower and private balcony. Fixed small double bed.

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    $15,695*pp
    $16,495*pp
    Lido
    Lido
    Deluxe OutsideEE
    Deluxe Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    135 sq ft single occupancy Deluxe staterooms located on Belvedere Deck(554, 561). Shower, European full-size bed and a small balcony.

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    $13,250*pp
    $13,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium OutsideGG*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    Single occupancy Premium outside staterooms located on Bridge and Lido Deck. Private shower and a European full-size bed. Views in cabins 726, 724 on Belvedere deck are partially obstructed by lifeboats.

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    $11,995*pp
    $12,650*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Lido
    Lido
    Premium OutsideHH*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    Premium outside single occupancy staterooms located on Bridge & Belvedere decks, featuring a European full-size bed and a private shower.
     * Please note the cabin plan and photo shows the Category H double occupancy stateroom. Category HH single staterooms are smaller and feature one European full-size bed. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats in the cabins on Bridge deck.

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    $11,450*pp
    $12,095*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Premium OutsideII*
    Premium Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft Premuim Outside staterooms located on Bridge Deck, featuring a double window and a European full-size bed with private shower. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats.
    *Please note the photo & cabin plan show a double occupancy I cabin. Cabins 710 and 712 (Category II, single occupancy) are smaller in size and feature a single European size bed.

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    $10,795*pp
    $11,395*pp
    Bridge
    Bridge
    Standard OutsideJJ
    Standard Outside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    Single occupancy standard outside cabins located on Columbus Deck, featuring portholes in place of windows. A single European size bed with private shower.
    *Please note the picture shows a standard outside double occupancy cabin. Single occupancy cabins are smaller and feature a single European size bed and portholes instead of windows.

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    $10,195*pp
    $10,795*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Premium InsideKK
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $9,550*pp
    $10,150*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Premium InsideLL
    Premium Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

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    $8,995*pp
    $9,595*pp
    Columbus
    Columbus
    Standard InsideMM
    Standard Inside
    SINGLE CABINS
    Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
    Layout
    virtual

    130 sq ft Standard inside single occupancy cabins located on Belvedere Decks. A small double bed with private shower.
    *Please note the picture shows a double occupancy inside cabin. Cabins MM are smaller and feature a small double bed.

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    $8,495*pp
    $8,995*pp
    Belvedere
    Belvedere
    Port Charges and other fees (included in prices above)
    $0
    $0
    $1,190
    Air Credit (when making your own flight arrangements)
    $0
    $0
    $1,200
    Cruise Only Credit (when making own flight and hotel arrangements)
    $0
    $0
    $2,000

    MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

    There is a particular pleasure that comes with cruising aboard a smaller ship. Hosting an average of just 350 passengers, Aegean Odyssey is no ‘floating city’. She is small enough to sail rivers and put into the more characterful ports inaccessible to the ‘mega-ships’, the service is more personal and you get plenty of time to interact with the onboard experts.

    Yet on the other hand, she is large enough to offer a superb selection of amenities, including two dining venues, several comfortable lounges and bars, a relaxing spa centre and well-stocked library. Cabins are spacious, modern and intelligently designed, and 39 cabins across a range of categories (including balcony) are set aside for solo travellers at low supplement.  

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    Our website does not display live availability. All prices and availability be will confirmed at time of enquiry. The single supplement offers only apply to our single cabin categories. Special Offers are strictly capacity controlled, subject to availability, may be withdrawn at any time and are not always combinable. Please note – while we will do our best to adhere to this full itinerary, there may be changes at the discretion of the captain, due to weather advisories, port traffic and other unforeseeable circumstances. Shore excursions are subject to change. We reserve the right to alter, cancel or substitute an included excursion at any time. Unless otherwise specified, optional shore excursions are priced in US dollars and can be booked using the signup sheet and paid for on-board the ship. Optional shore excursions that are shown in local currency (or where specified for US passengers) must be pre-booked and paid for prior to departure.